Sassi Holford Iris wedding dress



So, you’ve got a problem. You’ve searched high and low but just can’t find ‘the one’. Not your other half ­– hopefully that part’s sorted by now – we mean your perfect wedding dress, of course…

Don’t worry, we get it. With so many gorgeous gowns to choose from it’s easy to find plenty of dresses you like, but if you’re struggling to find a dress you absolutely love, our bespoke service is the answer to your prayers!


Here at Ellie Sanderson, we’re lucky enough to have a fantastic relationship with two of the most iconic bridal fashion designers in the UK – Sassi Holford and Suzanne Neville. Working super closely with both Sassi and Suzanne, gives us the most incredible opportunity to tweak and make design changes to help you create the ultimate dress of your dreams, completely bespoke to you. Whether it’s swapping the fabric used, changing the neckline, adding or removing sleeves or straps, adding extra boning for bigger busts or removing boning for smaller busts, under the designer’s expert eye your perfect dress will come to life.

A couture dress, is a brilliant way to get just what you want. In addition to the full couture service with Sassi and Suzanne we offer a bespoke service with Jesus Peiro and Kelly Faetanini – offering huge flexibility on fabric and design change. This is not the full couture with Calico but its a brilliant way to merge two styles and integrate fabric changes. We do this all the time and its truly exciting to get a dress that is so unique, Its also a huge part of the expert design and fitting service we able to offer at Ellie Sanderson .

Sassi Holford Constance wedding dress

Sleeves or no sleeves – what’s your bridal style?


Perhaps you love the style of a certain gown, but just wish you could lower the neckline or change the straps? Or maybe you have fallen in love with a dress but don’t think it will fit your figure? Big boobs, no boobs, small waist, curvy hips; whatever shape or size you are, as long as you’re in the right dress, with the right fitting team behind you, we promise you will look and feel amazing on your big day.

Ellie and the team have over 14 years of experience, fitting 1000s of dresses. As Ellie always says, “It’s not about you fitting into the dress, it’s about us having the dress made to fit you”, which is why we love being able to offer our bespoke, full couture fitting service to our lovely brides.

Suzanne Neville Adair dress

A bespoke fitting means you’ll feel incredible in your wedding dress


First of all, we’ll talk through all the options with you before you make any decision – we want to make this the most unforgettable experience for you and, of course, we want your dress to be absolutely perfect.

The next step is to take all of your measurements and create a sketch of the dress design changes, to be agreed on, before your calico fitting.

Sassi Holford Riva wedding dress

We’ll work with you to create your dream dress


For our full bespoke service, the top of your wedding dress is made up in calico toile material, around three months before your wedding. This is so we can check the design, style and fit is perfect.

We’ll be honest with you, the calico is not a sexy or glamorous appointment, but one where we can check all of those bespoke changes to the front neckline, back neckline or shoulders, and adjust if necessary. We think of it as a vital part of making sure we get your dress just right, and it’s a brilliant way for you to relax knowing what you’re getting is 100% what you’re dreaming of.

Once we’re all happy with the calico fit, it will be sent off to our incredibly skilled dress makers to use as the pattern to make your gown. This version will arrive with us around 4-6 weeks before your wedding, giving us time to do the final hems and – very rarely ­– any tweaks that may be needed.

Suzanne Neville Aruna wedding dress

We want all our Ellie Sanderson brides to look this happy in their gowns!


All these stages may feel like a real luxury, but for many of our brides it’s an essential part of the process to help them get the dress of their dreams. As Ellie explains: “Not one body is the same as the next body – we are all unique and wonderful, and so having your dress made to fit your body is as vital as picking the right dress.”

Please, just ask us about our calico and fitting service, as well as our bespoke changes if you feel a dress is 95% there. We would love to turn it into a 100%! Even if you think it might not be possible, do talk to us – we can work small miracles, so you may well be surprised. Book your dress appointment here, then we can talk you through your options.



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